PACIFIC AND NORTH PACIFIC YEARLY MEETINGS OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
Volume 51 # Number 8
The Soviet Union— Some Impressions
by John MacDougall, Acton Meeting, Mass.
Is the Soviet Union on the brink of collapse? Definitley not. Do the Russians want peace? Yes,
passionately. Are the Soviet people freer today than under Stalin? Yes, somewhat. Will the Soviets
invade Western Europe this decade? No, most unlikely.
This much— and more— I can say with confidence, after spending a semester last Spring in the Soviet
Union. I went there under the faculty exchange program between the University of Lowell, where I
teach, and Tbilisi State University in Soviet Georgia. I taught at the university and other institutions,
lived in an ordinary dorm with my family, and travelled thousands of miles across the USSR by train
and plane, from Georgia in the Caucasus mountains to Moscow, to Leningrad and Lithuania on the Baltic
Economics— I’m sure no Soviet citizen starves— I saw very few beggars. Unemployment does not exist,
and nobody is afraid of layoffs. Many of the basics are inexpensive and readily available. Public trans-
portation is good and cheap— a bus or trolley ride in town costs a nickel, and the 1200-mile train or plane
trip from Tbilisi to Moscow costs only $60. Rents in government housing average only five percent of
(Continued on page 128)
Children in Soviet Georgia
In Tree - Peter MacDougall. Below from left - Erakle, Jessica MacDougall and Marika
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“We seek ways to cooperate to save life
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— PYM Proposed Advices on Peace
Four perspectives on the Advices on Peace are
offered here: “The Soviet Union— Some Impres-
sions,” a U.S.-U.S.S.R. Proposal for Reducing and
Eliminating the Arms Race, A Women’s Peace
Initiative in Europe in 1983, and the relationship
of Meetings to the mentally ill.
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of Vietnam and Watergate?
“A basic task of peacemaking is to fill the
spiritual void in our civilization by replacing fear
which cripples human efforts with faith in the power
of love. . .” (PYM Faith and Practise)
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(The Soviet Union: Cont. from cover )
one’s income. Last fall, prices of gasoline, vodka and certain other major items were raised sharply— part-
ly to soak up increased consumer savings.
Agriculture is the Achilles heel of the Soviet economy, and farmers are still reluctant to put their best
efforts into the highly-centralized collective and state farms. In the capitalistic farmers’ markets, most
food items cost at least as much as in the US, while the average salary is around $2500 a year. Bread—
and liquor— are always cheap and plentiful, but on many days I found high-protein foods like meat, eggs
and cheese unavailable at government stores. In recent months food rationing has been introduced in
provincial cities. Another problem is the low quality of workmanship in government-made appliances,
housing, etc. The three-year old dorm we lived in was already falling apart, and water and electricity
were shut off about one day a week.
Despite these problems, the country has made enormous economic progress since 1964, the begin-
ning of Brezhnev’s government. Thousands of new apartment buildings are going up, in every city and
town. They have their own bathrooms and kitchens— a vast improvement over having to share bathroom
and kitchen with three neighbors in the older apartments. Traffic jams, something I never saw when I
visited the USSR in 1960, happen in some cities today. The main reason is the thousands of new Soviet-
made Fiats, which are very popular. Clothing is of much better quality than in 1960. Many city people
sport fashionable clothes like American jeans, which can cost up to $300 on the black market. Wages
and salaries have gone up in recent years. No doubt people are also making more from illegal or semi-
legal activities like private trade and tutoring— otherwise, how could people afford the cost of black-market
items such as jeans, tape-recorders, etc.?
Freedom and Stability— Many people complained to me about the cumbersome bureaucracy, the short-
ages of food and consumer goods, the lack of freedom of speech. These people always insisted that we
keep these conversations confidential. Many acquaintances seemed eager to get to know my family better,
but never followed up on the initial contact, apparently out of fear of being seen with Americans. All our
friends assumed our dorm room was bugged.
Another contrast with the West was the lack of public information. By this I don’t just mean the ab-
sence of a free press, but rather, people’s inability to get official information we take for granted. There
are no phone directories, and we were never warned of water and electricity shutoffs in our building.
On the other hand, many of our friends were convinced that there was significantly more freedom of
speech than in Stalin’s day. Very few dissidents were executed under Brezhnev, and their prison or men-
tal-hospital terms are shorter and less unpleasant. And an extensive grapevine goes a long way to make
up for the lack of official information.
I would also judge that the Soviet regime is one of the most stable in the world. Why? Not just be-
cause people are afraid of losing their jobs or going to jail if they are too outspoken. But also because of
four other, more subtle, factors.
First, the privileged groups in Soviet society are handsomely rewarded by the system. Party and govern-
ment officials can shop at exclusive, well-stocked stores. So long as they do not get too out of line, scien-
tists and artists have access to Western movies and books closed to ordinary people, and successful artists
and scientists can travel to the West. A member of the artists’ or writers’ union is guaranteed an income
above an average worker’s.
Second, the central government has made concessions to ethnic nationalism. It is important to remem-
ber that the USSR is much more than Russia. There are over fifty million non-Russian Slavs like the
Ukrainians and White Russians; there are Lutheran Estonians and Latvians and Catholic Lithuanians along
the Baltic coast; there are Moslem Uzbeks, Turkmens, Azerbaijanis and others in central Asia; there are
Georgians and Armenians in the Caucasus who became Christians centuries before the Russians; and there
are yet other smaller minorities like the Jews, the Germans and the Tatars. All these non-Russians speak
their own languages and have a distinct history and culture. Most of them dislike the Russians whom they
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see as imperialists.
Moscow is trying to create a national identity that rises above regional loyalties, but the men in the
Kremlin are very aware of the problems involved. In 1979 it was announced that Russian would replace
Georgian as the government language in Georgia. Thereupon a rare event occurred— a mass protest demon-
stration— and the government backed down. The desperately poor regions of central Asia, and rural re-
gions all over the country, have been especially favored with schools, hospitals, roads, etc.
Third, as I have pointed out the average person has gained economically under Brezhnev, and clearly
Fourth, most Soviet citizens deeply love their country. True, probably a majority are cynical about
their leaders, and many feel a lack of meaning in their lives. This helps to explain poor workmanship,
alcoholism and other social problems (which, incidentally, are not unknown over here!). But everyone is
very proud of their country’s heroic defeat of the Germans in World War II. The war killed 20 million
people, and absolutely nobody I met wants another war. There is also much pride in Soviet technologi-
cal achievements in fields like aerospace and medicine. Most important, communism is not just a politi-
cal-economic system (any more than capitalism is just that). Rather, communism is a social doctrine that
profoundly shapes Soviet people’s thoughts and values. Hardly anyone can think of any other basic way
to run their society, and accepts the general system.
It should always be remembered that for centuries the Russian empire has never known Western de-
mocracy. So the Soviet people do not expect the political freedoms we take for granted. Another im-
portant difference from America is that the USSR has, in this century, been devastated by three wars on
its own territory. So millions of Russians must see the present situation as a relative paradise of peace
Foreign Policy— I am sure the USSR would like to expand its influence in the world. But I do not
see it as the omnipotent, ruthless giant the Reagan administration talks about.
Indeed, Soviet power in the world has perhaps declined in recent years. Afghanistan looks like it’s
turning into the Soviets’ Vietnam, and despite martial law, the Poles are still mounting protests like pro-
Solidarity demonstrations and pirate radio broadcasts. In contrast, in 1957 and 1968 Russian interven-
tion had a big impact in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, and in those years the US had unquestioned nuclear
superiority. In Western Europe, the important Italian and Spanish communist parties are now following
an independent course. In the Third World, since 1965 the Soviet Union has lost important friends like
Egypt and Indonesia. Outside Eastern Europe and Afghanistan, the Kremlin does not rigidly demand pro-
Soviet leaders are undoubtedly aware of the country’s serious domestic problems, such as economic
shortages, ethnic unrest, apathy, and alcoholism. Nobody can be sure what Brezhnev’s successors will do.
But I believe the system is well-enough entrenched so that things won’t change greatly in the next decade
or two. There are great pressures on the Kremlin to continue with the policies of economic progress and
All these gains will be totally obliterated in a nuclear war, as the Soviet leaders know. So I do not
believe the Kremlin is preparing to start a nuclear war.
Officials and ordinary people alike insist that they hold no grudge against the American people. De-
spite the chilling of US-Soviet relations, I encountered no hostility to me as an American from the hun-
dreds of Soviet citizens I met. On the contrary, everyone welcomed my family and me, and there was
much interest in American literature, technology, politics, movies, clothes, music and so on.
This raises important questions for us all. For instance, will the present American nuclear buildup
really stop the Soviets from doing certain things in countries like Poland that the US does not like? II
not, shouldn’t the US take a careful look at new ways to relate to the USSR, ways that do not threaten
us all with nuclear annihilation?
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Brussels: International Women Protest Arms Race
Reaching For The Star
A Women’s Peace Initiative, Europe 1983
by Dana Raphael, Wilton Meeting, CT
The ABC TV reporter shoved the mike towards
my face and demanded to know why I and the 149
other mostly middle age, mostly women, were fly-
ing to Brussels to protest the deployment of the
Cruise and Pershing II missiles.
“I’m tired of being afraid every day of my life,”
I said, “so, I’m doing whatever I can and this is one
thing I can do.”
The American group was catalyzed by the WILPF
as part of the STAR (STOP THE ARMS RACE) pro-
gram. It called us to join with thousands of other
women in Brussels, the site of NATO headquarters,
to demonstrate our commitment to stand with them
against a plan to base these medium-range weapons
in Europe. The yea or nay decision will be made in
May by the all-male joint NATO forces.
March 8 was International Women’s Day and
demonstrations against war and for peace took place
throughout the world.
Arriving at 9 AM Sunday morning we were greet-
ed with flowers by the courageous and forceful
Belgian organizers. I dropped my bag at our little
hotel and grabbed a cab to an address I had from
the Friends Book of Meetings, arriving late, but
welcomed in the middle of a small meeting. As
expected, Friends were involved in the organiza-
tional process of the STAR demonstration and, as
usual, were helpful in all sorts of other ways.
Monday was spent at the University listening to
reports and talks and participating in workshops
where we heard comprehensive explanations of the
different missile programs and weapons. We also
shared small, everyday, ingenious methods of rais-
ing people’s awareness of the terrifying effects of
these missile sites. One favorite idea was the send-
ing of letters from American women to the editors
of major German newspapers thanking the German
people for accepting the short range missiles. The
implication, of course, was that a nuclear war would
then be limited to the European area! Conscious-
ness raising with a thud!
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The high point of the congregation was the rally.
An estimated 5000 women, about a third with
white hair, milled around the central Brussels square
listening to talks by women from different European
There were very few police around, and, as one
of them explained in rather good English, “Nothing’s
going to happen, they’re only women!”
Holly Near, an American advocate folk singer,
was very dramatic with her a capella songs. Some
phrases I liked: “We are a gentle angry people.”
“I’m a big, angry woman. . .”
The march through the streets of Brussels seemed
to go on for several miles. My one let-down was at
the end of this impressive “walk” because there was
no “closure.” The march just got to a destination
and the group dissipated. “Not enough space for a
rally” was the explanation.
We often don’t make the best use of our time.
However, in Belgium we were admonished to use
meal times to share our past advocacy experiences.
It was a high point. One “little old lady” turned
out to have protested at the Pentagon and had been
dragged to jail. A school teacher had organized the
Nuclear Freeze program for her entire state, and
a youngish woman had “vigilled” at her congress-
man’s office for weeks for ratification of a program
which would support the Grey Panthers.
I returned to the States, but the group went on
to visit East Germany and, a day later, West Berlin.
Bea Milwe, another protestor, reported to me how
impressed she was that the country was not tatty
as on her last visit in 1975. The women were stylish,
not much different from those in The Federal
Republic, and she reported that they seemed secure,
satisfied and proud of their accomplishments.
The schools in East Germany had programs teach-
ing peace, love and friendship for all peoples of the
world. For those children whose mothers worked,
there was a creative after-school program— Pioneer
Palaces— and the kids appeared lively and happy.
In both parts of this same country, the demon-
strators were shown many memorials to the victims
of the Holocaust, one in a prison where union mem-
bers were killed as Hitler looked on, another at a
Catholic church, with a concentration camp
“facade.” One had to walk through it to reach
the place of worship.
“But above all,” Milwe said, “I felt how scared
they are on both sides, petrified of the acceleration
of our weapons, afraid the U.S.S.R. would retaliate
by increasing their missiles. It takes only 4 minutes
to reach the Soviets. And, these weapons go both
“The East Berliners were terrified of us and the
West Berliners frightened of the Communists. No
one doubts there’ll be a war. They are strong
women but they feel, they feel, they really believe
they are already at war,” she added.
I, too, was most impressed by the power and
political and military savvy of the German women.
They are leaders. The women from Greenham
Commons in England were most impressive also.
They have encircled the missile sites and set up
tents. By the hundreds, they are “living” in them
with their children. (I understand that similar pro-
test camps have been organized in Seneca, NY and
on a site in Michigan.) And Wales, in Great Britain,
has voted a nuclear freeze for the entire province.
The Americans have been vital in the origination
of this STAR program (which is continuing, thank
goodness). Our energy and organizing skills were
apparent. But, if there is a point to criticize, it is
that many of us have not thoroughly digested the
connectedness between peace, freedom and kind-
When fighting broke out between the Muslims
and the Hindus, Gandhi called off the entire inde-
pendence movement. It took several years before
he tried again. He understood peace was a sham
and would never last until human beings learned
how to deal with each other in love.
Similarly, we had not effectively taken sufficient
care of our older sisters, many of whom had great
anxiety about the logistics of the peace tour. They
might not have heard the meeting time, nor known
they could leave bags at the station, nor been able
to keep up with the marchers without a friend’s
arm to lean on. And, where were we going so fast
anyway? We, too, need to deal with each other in
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A Proposal for a Multi and Bi-National (US-USSR) Top-Level Study of Non-Violent
International Alternative Strategies to Reduce and Eliminate the Arms Race and Pave
the Way to Continuing Future Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts.
Everyone is aware of the now-overpowering need to find alternatives to the continuing arms race. With
every new round of weapons build-up, the danger of confrontation, by accident or by design, increases.
At the same time, the fatigue, necessitated by so much effort placed on prevention, debilitates patience
At the same time also, there is an almost total lack of exploration of non-military alternatives, as if the
governmental powers of the industrialized world were hypnotized into believing that there is nothing
to do but eventually clash.
As the arms race becomes more and more financially and psychologically unbearable— and ineffective, in
that the increasingly dreadful weapons can never be used to the advantage of either side— both the U.S.
and the U.S.S.R. are more and more vulnerable to starting a war because of lack of any other tactic or
The alternatives, whatever they may eventually be, will of course necessarily be based on effective non-
violent action and response. Each word of this phrase is important. There must be action, as opposed
to non-action. That action must be non-violent in the sense that old-fashioned military tactics and
new-fashioned weapons must be foregone. And this non-violent action must be effective in attaining
the goals of the users, while also eliciting non-violent responses. All actions must be mutually beneficial.
Some experience in the uses of non-violent attitudes and techniques in action has been acquired, but only
on a relatively small and specialized scale. These experiences have been limited to situations where one
side was assumed beforehand to surely become violent in its response. Almost nothing has been done
or researched on what might occur, specifically or generally, if both sides in any political controversy
were to be non-violent. There is some real danger, therefore, the present tensions between the U.S.
and U.S.S.R. being what they are, that one side might conceivably develop very practical non-violent
initiatives before the other was prepared to counter with non-violence, and might thus gain some ad-
vantages that would later have to be equalized if they were not to cause aggravated friction.
As this is something that should be studied by both sides simultaneously, and could best be developed in
a shared experience of exploration, lacking secrecy, which always inflames rivalries, I want to suggest
that an international group of leaders and thinkers who have had some non-violent action experience,
get together with top-level representatives from the U.S., the U.S.S.R. and other interested nations,
for the express purpose of thinking through how non-violent tactics might be carried out by both
sides, step by step, to reduce and eventually eliminate armaments and war preparations, both physical
Various scenarios would of course come from these meetings which could be processed by computer,
similar to the famous and useful Club of Rome studies and fully publicized and discussed. Agreed
actions might then be mutually taken.
Such a conference might well be sponsored and paid for in part by governments, in part from private
funding, and in part by the U.N. Meetings might be held in some place like Geneva, at the U.N.
University in Tokyo, or at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Jean S. Gerard
Pacific Ackworth Meeting
6124 Encinita Ave., Temple City, CA 91780
WHAT IS YEARLY MEETING?
YOU ARE INVITED
37th ANNUAL GATHERING
PACIFIC YEARLY MEETING
RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
AUGUST 1 - 6, 1983
CRAIG HALL CONFERENCE COMPLEX
1400 WEST 3RD STREET
CHICO, CA 95926
The annual gathering of Pacific Yearly Meeting
is for members, attenders, seekers, and their
families of the Monthly Meetings and Worship
Groups that make up Pacific Yearly Meeting.
Friends from other Yearly Meetings of the
Religious Society of Friends and the Wider
Quaker Fellowship are also welcome.
Yearly Meeting is what we make of it:
a TIME to experience corporate worship
as the basis of our lives together.
a PLACE where we do our corporate busi-
ness in a Quakerly way.
a SPACE where the tightness of our lives
is opened, loosened and where something
fresh and new can enter.
a TIME to exercise our faith and work
through issues, finding their resolution in
the sense of the meeting.
a PLACE where the unique light of each
person can shine, where new interpersonal
connections can be made.
a GATHERING of the family: old friends,
new friends, Young Friends and children.
a COMMUNITY we build together, a mar-
velous pot pourri of agenda items, worship-
fellowship groups, working groups, joyful
SOME AREAS OF FOCUS
The Historical Roots of Pacific Yearly Meeting
The Wider Family of Friends in sixty countries
throughout the world, linked by the
Friends World Committee for Consulta-
tion: Gordon Browne Jr., Executive
Secretary, FWCC Section of the Americas,
will be a resource person.
Religious Education for Adults, Children, Young
The Testimony for Equality: Racism Today
Peace Tax Fund and the Peace Testimony
Central America: Refugees and Friends Response
Latin America and the United States Relationships
U.S. - U.S.S.R. Relationships
Law of the Sea Treaty: A Step Toward World
Gordon M Browne, Jr., FWCC
PYM Young Friends
HOW TO GET THERE
California Rte 99 goes through Chico N/S. Get
off 99 at Rte 32 west towards Hamilton City.
After about a mile it turns north. Turn left on
3rd St. Craig Hall is 3 blocks on the right at
1400 West 3rd.
Chico is usually very hot in August. Bring swim
suit, light clothing. The buildings are air condi-
Chico is served by train, bus and air. (Air Chico,
Pacific Express, Westair Commuter). If you
want to be met, please write or call ahead to—
Bob Barnes, PYM Arrangements
1 1044 Weeping Willow Way
Nevada City, CA 95959
OTHER NUMBERS TO CALL
Charlie and Miriam Swift
Chico PYM desk
PYM REGISTRATION - 1983
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(O)ccasional meals FIRST TIME AT YEARLY MEETING?
CONTRIBUTION TO CHILDREN S PROGRAM:
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SEX AGE WORSHIP FELLOWSHIP? _
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INDIVIDUAL’S VARIATIONS IN OPTIONS; ALSO MEAL CODES*
NIGHTS AC SP-REQ MEAL CODES W/F LAST NAME
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ACcommodations-“C”amping or “R”oom &
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Saturday night, 7/30, special arrangements can
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meals desired. Need not be exact. Campers,
please join us for lunch if you can.
CONTRIBUTIONS— Please help with our child-
ren’s program and Jr Yrly Mtg if you can. We
budgeted $700 in extra contributions here.
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Fee Schedule (per day-based on age):
3 up 1.50
3 - 12
13 up 6.00
Meals. For meals not paid along with room (i.e.
paid at door), do not include in calculations of
fees. These are— Breakfast $2.12; Lunch $3.18;
Supper $5.30. Age 2 and under is free.
Simple Food. Vegetarian dishes served. A meat
dish at every other lunch and supper.
Refunds. To encourage registering when in
doubt, registrations can always be canceled or
changed. Refunds either issued the last day,
Families. It is assumed that last name, accomo-
dations, etc. are the same for all. If different,
enter under variations.
Confirmation. A confirmation will be sent with
further registration information
Absolutely No Pets
15% Late Fee if Received
After July 14
Return to Charles & Miriam Swift, Registrars
15834 Sunnyvale Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95945
MAY, 1983 -PAGE 133
I Was A Stranger
by Hermione A. Baker, Morongo Basin Friends
Worship Group and Sub-Committee on Mental
Illness, M & O Committee, PYM
I am sometimes asked by some person who has
sought help or companionship, or who has hoped
to ease a lonely time by going to a Friends Meeting,
“Why do Friends’ Meetings seem unfriendly to
strangers?” I have found myself struggling to find
an answer and having to reply that Friends, like
members of other religious groups, tend to move
toward those people already known to them.
Friends seek their friends. I turn from such a con-
versation with the realization that Friends do have
a responsibility, not only to the stranger, of whom
it is written (Exodus 22:22), “Thou shalt neither
vex a stranger nor oppress him; for ye were stran-
gers in the land of Egypt,” and of whom Jesus
said (Matthew 25:35), “I was a stranger, and ye
took me in,” but we have a responsibility to that
person in the Meeting who is a stranger to himself
or herself, that person who may quite suddenly or
gradually have become like a stranger to his family,
his friends, and to his Meeting. I refer to the per-
son who is mentally ill who needs the caring help
and trust of Meeting members more than ever be-
fore. His family needs our care, also. We must be
prepared to offer the friendly smile, the warm
hand, the ride home or the companionship to the
bus stop or the corner nearest to home. But be-
yond that, Meetings, especially Ministry and Coun-
sel or Oversight Committees, have a responsibility
toward mentally ill or emotionally disturbed mem-
bers and attenders, to counsel, to guide, to refer to
expert care where necessary. The Committee on
Mental Illness of Pacific Yearly Meeting is facilitat-
ing the finding of lists of referral agencies, support
groups and counseling centers for Meetings’ use.
A partial bibliography has been compiled, and ad-
ded titles will be sent on request.
Faith and Practice has the following statement
which is a charge to Ministry and Oversight Commit-
tees, titled “The Helping Process:”
In Helping one another, Friends can be
instruments of the all-encompassing love of
God. All Friends should help one another as
they are able, but particular responsibility
for care and counseling lies with the Commit-
tee on Oversight (or on Ministry and Over-
sight). This committee should choose coun-
selors fitted for particular needs from among
themselves and other qualified persons in the
Meeting. Qualifications of a good counselor
include approachability, warmth, sympathy,
spiritual insight without doctrinaire assump-
tions, ability to listen without judgment,
ability to keep confidences, and practical
. . . The Meeting may. . . arrange for a time
and place in which persons can confer with
an appointed counselor.
Meetings for Worship are basic to our indi-
vidual and corporate life. The strength and
power of God’s love reaches to the depth of
human problems as we all strive to grow in
spiritual and emotional maturity.
Individual listening is a part of the helping
process. One person (or at most two) should
be assigned in a given situation, and confiden-
tial matters be left to him (or them). To lis-
ten carefully involves faith in the person,
patience, a desire to understand, and avoid-
ance of giving advice. While a counselor may
raise questions about new ways of looking at
the problem or suggest possible solutions,
decisions must be left to the person involved.
A difficulty may develop which is too
serious for the Meeting to handle. In such an
instance, professional help should be sought
promptly. Members of Ministry and Over-
sight should be aware of the community’s
resources for family and individual counsel-
ing. If such specialized help is required, the
Meeting can be supportive in many practical
Persons are sometimes drawn to the
Meeting because it promises help in personal
problems. A Meeting should be careful not
to offer solutions or aid beyond its powers. . .
It is my most earnest plea, to myself and all
other Friends, that we take the hand that reaches
out for help and grasp it warmly and hold it firmly
until strength returns to the Friend who seeks our
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Call to Yearly Meeting 1983
North Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Welcome to the tenth annual session of NPYM, to be held this year from Friday, June 24, 1983, through
Tuesday, June 28, at St. Thomas Conference Center. St. Thomas Center is in a wooded location at the
north end of Lake Washington, in the Seattle suburbs. Camping will be available.
The Childrens’ Program, “Kids Are Quakers, Too!”, will explore the Friends testimonies of peace, sim-
plicity, equality and community. Daily small group worship will be scheduled, and there will be many
interest groups. Our Friend in Residence will be Richard Eldridge, head of Buckingham Friends School
in Penny si vania.
Our registrar, Margaret Coahran, can send a registration packet to you. Please send for one in care of:
Margaret Coahran, W. 700 Main St., Pullman, WA 99163.
The registration deadline is May 30, 1983.
Jane Snyder, Clerk
by Carolyn D. Thorsen, NPYM,
Book by Elaine M. Prevallet, Pendle Hill Pamphlet
244. Reflections on Simplicity , July 1982
For those embarassed by their own material pros-
perity in contrast to world poverty, Elaine Prevallet’s
pamphlet makes interesting reading. Her ideas for
simplifying life are truly modest when held up to
the need that surrounds us. Nevertheless, were
there any of us who could fulfill her expectations,
we would be oddities.
In addition, a great deal of the pamphlet’s suc-
cess lies with Prevallet’s willingness to draw from
many sources for her ideas. She draws liberally on
Jewish and Quaker tradition but most liberally
from Christ Himself. Her writing is compact, so
much so that the inattentive reader may sometimes
stumble. Such preciseness of thought has led her
to write several excellent sentences stating penetrat-
ing ideas worthy of remembering.
Briefly, the author establishes the scarcity of
simplicity in our lives and the necessity for the pur-
suit of the virtue. Then she turns to Jesus Christ
to establish standards for simplicity. She suggests
that simplicity has two natures: inner and outer.
Her discussion of the inner process begins with an
insightful explication of Matt. 6:24, “No man can
serve two masters.” She suggests that Jesus does
not say a man may not but rather says cannot have
his heart in two places. “It isn’t possible.” Either
man serves the forces of materialism or those of
the Spirit. In regard to material possessions that
many of us accumulate or fall heir to in spite of
ourselves, Prevallet proposes that according to
Jesus those possessions are not necessarily bad if
one never lets them come to rest (cf. Luke 6:38).
Next the author places simplicity in the perspec-
tive of the Cross. She says, “In between the attach-
ing and detaching (from the material) lies the Cross.
It is a painful grace. . . of having our pettiness, our
neediness, our grasping and clutching revealed to
us.” This is the time when we realize that we can-
not and need not heal ourselves, having only to
yield to God’s infinite tenderness and mercy to be
cleansed. “. . . the Light which exposes us to our-
selves is that very mercy.”
Following this discussion of inward simplicity,
Prevallet moves to the ways that such a nature is
expressed in the outer man. She considers sim-
plicity of speech, sight, service and occupation as
well as how persons making an effort to simplify
their lives might achieve the task of carrying that
simplicity to contemporary society.
MAY, 1983 - PAGE 135
Little need be said about simplicity of speech
since most of us know that we talk too much and
not always in complete truth. Prevallet adds one
excellent thought to the traditional list of Quaker
ideas on the subject. Using as her basis of reference
Isaiah 55 : 1 1 , she says that words with God’s power
behind them “prosper” in their missions. Words
without that power return to the speaker empty.
As for the idea of simplicity of sight, the author
says that seeing with a single purpose means to see
without lust, envy or covetousness. In a spiritual
sense it means loving without wanting to possess
that which we love.
In the area of simplicity of service, Prevallet
also has some insightful comments. She says that
when we have the feeling that we have a great deal
to give, we get very conscious of how we are going
to look and even begin to feed on the power that
giving gives us. We must realize that as we act
to help another it is “our own wound we’re healing,
at least as much as that of another.”
Prevallet next turns to John Woolman to discuss
achieving simplicity in our occupations. Woolman,
at the age of 35, realized that he was becoming so
prosperous as a merchant and tailor that he was en-
cumbered by his prosperity even though he dealt
in goods that he judged to be essential. As a result,
instead of hiring more people to expand his business
or spending more time at the business himself, he
cut back so that he made only enough to support
his wife, himself, and his son. Thus he could con-
tinue with more pressing concerns which all invol-
ved oppression of one kind or another.
The concluding ideas of the pamphlet concern
our present task in society. Jesus says we can look
at the sky and tell what the weather will be like, but
cannot interpret the “signs of the times.” Prevalet
says that we need no more signs; there are enough
of these. What we need are eyes with which to see
those signs. World issues affected by our personal
and societal greed are the weapons build-up (both
nuclear and conventional), oppressive overconsump-
tion that leaves others in need, the energy crisis and
environmental pollution. We are so consumed by
our own greed that we have lost our basis for judg-
ing how to deal with the material things that come
our way. We say our time is more valuable than
money so we drive rather than walk, buy new
clothing rather than mend the old, buy a new item
rather than having the old one fixed. We need new
machines, because they make our work more effici-
ent, and are “bought out” by gifts fearing to offend
the giver if we give a gift away. Sometimes we suc-
cumb to our fear of the future, keeping things,
thinking that we will need them again. And last and
most embarassing to admit, is that we obtain some
things because other people have them.
If we share a common mind or vision on. . .
(these) issues, it may be because there is
openness to that inward listening. We are
not, perhaps, totally blind. . . but neither
are we unaffected. The sign that we are
confused. . . Greed has become identified
Prevallet concludes by saying that before we try
changing society we must change our own personal
lives in some specific ways. We must eat less and
only what is nourishing, give away what we don’t
use, and make ourselves accountable for our con-
sumption by challenging and even “querying” each
other as to how we are responding to the challenge
of simplicity. She also asks a haunting question,
wanting to know why it is that some of us have the
privilege of choosing a simple life style while the
majority of the world lives in “desperate need.”
She answers by saying that this prosperity is the
gift of God, but she has no idea of what our part
is in securing that gift. Prevallet’ s final instructive
charge to us is that we be as inventive at breaking
our idols as we have been in making them.
Two Memorial Awards have been established in the
memory of young Friends. Reno approved setting
up a fund for support of Community Welfare in the
memory of the life of John Kaiser, Jr. Eastside
Friends participate, along with Adam St. Germain’s
family and one teacher, in annual selection of a
high school senior “who has shown an active inter-
est in changing the social conditions which produce
conflict in the local community, our nation and
among the nations of the world.” Adam St. Germain
was killed in September, 1982.
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News of the Meetings
Worship and Ministry: Care for One Another
Sacramento planned a retreat on the state of the Meeting: “Where are we going? What should we do to
serve better ourselves and our community?”
Palo Alto held a one-day retreat, “Exploring the Spirit of Winter Inwardly and Outwardly.” A morning
panel discussion spoke to “Loneliness and Belonging— How Can We Help Each Other?” A
minute concerning prompt arrival for Meeting for Worship is to be read after Meeting for one
month and announced in the newsletter.
Phoenix has a special “Celebrate a Friend” spot in the newsletter for appreciation of the gifts and services
of individuals. An “Open Meeting on Ministry” centered on expression of care for each other
within Meeting and immediate outreach to the community.” Sunday afternoon visits to
Friends’ homes were suggested and there was concern for closer relationships with immediate
neighbors and with local churches. (We) “need to look at each other in a realistic light. Some
come to Friends Meeting and are devastated when they do not find a group of saints. We are
just people— sometimes hurting and sometimes sensitive, and we need to acknowledge this in
our relationships with each other.” Friends were reminded that “time spent in committee
meetings far from being a chore or a bore can be a period of fellowship and visitation provid-
ing a means for Friends to learn more about each other.” A study group on preparing for
ministry is planned.
San Francisco responded to the First Query with “a concern that trivial things, favorite political philo-
sophies, and personal attitudes seem to burden. . . our vocal ministry. We were reminded
that it is not T who has come to worship God, but ‘we,’ and that ‘to come with hearts and
minds prepared’. . . does not mean to come prepared to speak, but to participate in a process.”
Santa Fe met to discuss what the Meeting could do to promote closeness and caring, community, “know-
ing each other better as individuals would make it possible to be there for each other in times
of need, as well as more present to each other during worship. The most important thing is
to become acquainted. . . to the extent that we would know on whom to call. . . We minister
in the ways of fellowship.”
Visalia asks at each business meeting for word of Friends who are ill or needing assistance, and someone
is asked to follow up with appropriate care. A worship group meeting in Porterville twice
monthly has asked for help from the Meeting.
Berkeley had a training session for persons who would like to know more about how to visit older per-
sons with physical or emotional difficulties. A Friend called for the start of an informal group
to read plays— a do-it-yourself dramatic experience.
Walla Walla’s newsletter noted word from Gordon Browne, FWCC, that the fund for a Meetinghouse in
Soweto, South Africa has surpassed its goal, and the dream is closer to reality.
Rogue Valley Friends are exploring possibilities for a permanent meeting place in Ashland, Oregon.
Reno’s newsletter comments on principles helpful in developing true friendship: honesty and transparency;
touching (“Have you ever looked closely at the life of Jesus and noticed how often he touched
people?”); communication (“It is tragic to say ‘Good-bye’ when we really mean ‘I will miss
you very much’ or ‘Look what you did to me’ when we really mean T am hurting inside; will
you help me?’ ”); faith (“Friends are not properties to own but gifts to cherish.”); and work.
MAY, 1983 -PAGE 137
Peace and Social Concerns
Multnomah Friends help once a month with the Hospitality Kitchen at a local Catholic Church, feeding
the hungry. An invitation to the monthly “Sunday at City Hall” urging our President and the
President of the USSR to sit down together as soon as possible and talk about reduction and
ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons was included in the newsletter, with the suggestion
that a copy be sent to “someone with the same last name as yours in five different cities.”
Meeting approved a statement to be submitted to Portland’s Task Force on Nuclear Civil
Preparedness during recent public hearings.
Reno sent a message of support to the National Conference of Bishops, (We) “are grateful to God for your
courage and leadership in struggling with the moral issues of nuclear weapons.” The newslet-
ter quotes Henri Nouwen: “More important than anything else is that peacemaking flows
from a deep and undeniable experience of love. . . Prayer is the basis of all peacemaking. . .
The paradox. . . is indeed that we can only speak of peace in the world when our sense of
who we are is not anchored in it. We can only say ‘We are for peace’ when those who are
fighting have no power over us.”
Redwood Forest continues to investigate the needs of refugees in Santa Rosa, with special concern for
the problems and public image of Cuban refugees. Meeting agreed to sponsor the family of
a young Vietnamese woman. A forum, “Friends Response to Militarism,” dealt with responses
to the Query on Peace, to the draft, to the arms race.
Claremont reminds Friends that few members of Congress have ever visited the Soviet Union. “The FCNL
is cooperating with the Federation of American Scientists to encourage all Congress people to
visit or re-visit the USSR. You can help by sending a letter to your representatives asking
them to visit.”
El Paso initiated a study series on Peace in Latin America. The Social Action Committee distributes blan-
kets and clothes to the Rescue Mission and food to the Food Bank.
Orange County, concerned about the rise of homelessness, directs Friends’ help to the Interfaith Shelter,
and to the Catholic Worker, predicting a lunch line increased to 1500 people daily.
Visalia joined Fresno in a meeting for worship, followed by a documentary film, “Teacher and Pupil:
Gandhi and Martin Luther King.”
Santa Fe offered hospitality to Albuquerque member, Ezra Young, during his stay in the capital, lobbying
for the “In-Home Care” bill, which would help the elderly and disabled.
Orange Grove held an all-day seminar on race relations, “to consider queries on our personal feelings on
relationships with different races.” Responding to the query on peace, Friends said: “We
need to be aware that peace without love and hope is despair which is just as destructive as
physical violence. We should be committed to fighting against despair and its root causes.
We need to be wary of the trap of feeling superior because we belong to a group which be-
lieves in peace through love and non-violence. Peace is the objective, not being ‘one-up’ on
others who seek ‘peace’ through violent means.”
Eastside reminds Friends that contributions to FCNL are now deductible if earmarked for the Education
Tacoma cooperated with a local Methodist Church in presenting the film, “South Africa Belongs to Us.”
Santa Barbara had a potluck program with representatives from A Nuclear Free Pacific, who talked about
nuclear testing on Kwajelein Island and its reoccupation by native inhabitants. The Meeting
publicly re-stated “opposition to military registration, the draft, and all preparation for war.”
Walla Walla held a three day workshop on Voluntary Simplicity. Friends are active in the Committee on
Nonviolent Conflict Resolution, with a recent session on “Careers in Peace and Social Change”
(Continued on page 138)
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(Meeting News: Cont. from page 137)
at the local high school, assistance in developing skills for reducing tensions between Anglos
and Hispanics, including the establishment of a bi-cultural committee of concerned local resi-
dents. Dan and Barbara Clark host an occasional Tertulia (evening of Spanish discussion) to
help Friends improve their Spanish skills.
Grass Valley presented “How Are the Livermore Protest Actions Organized?” and discussed questions
about non-violence education, action, motivation, future prospects.
San Francisco’s young Friend, Cedric Wentworth, founder of Youth for Peace, is international correspon-
dent for The Objector and responsible for establishing correspondence with French-speaking
countries and reporting back to CCCO news regarding conscientious objectors and the draft.
Meeting approved a letter expressing regret at the failure of the United States to sign the
United Nations Law of the Sea treaty.
Rogue Valley Friends joined others in meeting President Reagan under white balloons (“A Freeze Now”)
and the banner, “Oregon Voted for the Freeze.” Ashland’s nuclear-free zone legislation has
attracted national attention, and Dick Ernst was invited to New York to explain the excep-
tional success of the initiative to concerned lawyers.
Boulder Friend, Gilbert White, was elected a foreign member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.
Matilda Hansen (Laramie) was re-elected to her fifth two-year term in the Wyoming House of
Alaskan Friends note the election of Nilo Koponen to the state Legislature. He comments: “Being in
the Legislature is like going back to school and taking 55 credit hours. . . due to the prolifer-
ation of committees and sub-committees. . . bills can easily be held up; and few reach the
floor, giving the public the feeling that little is happening. But actually much is going on,
and in crucial cases swift action can occur. . . In this atmosphere, the healing peace of Meeting
for Worship becomes all the more important. I wish I could find more time to spend with
Juneau Friends and their families.”
Albuquerque adopted as an on-going project, nutrition for a local Maternity and Infant Care Clinic. The
newsletter quotes from a letter in The Friend (10/29/82) concerned with “why so many
Quaker peace activists are not ‘Meeting Friends.’ It is not necessarily pressure of commit-
ments which keeps them away. . . Sadly, peaceworkers often feel like the black sheep of the
meeting. For them, faith and works are inextricably woven, but they have become disillu-
sioned because their concern is only incidental to the meeting and not an essential part of
it. . . the consistent loving support of a meeting is vital if the work is to remain firmly rooted
in Quaker conviction. Strength derived from gathered worship will be a transforming power
in any peace group, and without them work and witness are immeasurably weakened. . .
Other denominations are now being seriously challenged to face up to the disarmament issue
in a realistically Christian way. They will be looking to the Society of Friends for leadership
and guidance. It would be tragic if local meetings were so uninvolved that they were unable
to give this lead.” (Andrey Kelly)
Palo Alto Friends are contributing to the Sonsonate orphanage in El Salvador and considering other ways
to assist with refugee problems. Other projects under way include: Quaker dialogue on “our
difficult personal reactions to nuclear threat— what Helen Caldicott has called ‘psychic numb-
ing’ exploring the maldistribution of wealth; a self-help project in Lebanon, and contact
with legislators about Middle East concerns; studying community food and shelter needs,
opening homes to the newly unemployed, supporting active relief groups, and working more
closely with elected officials for resumption of government responsibilities to the needy.
MAY, 1983 -PAGE 139
Births: John Dylan Cheasty Mazra was born
November 26, 1982, to Robert and Valerie Mazra,
Siobhan Beasley was born November 8,
1982, to Sheila and Brian Beasley, Albuquerque
Rikki Lynn Teale was born November 9,
1982, to Terry and John Teale. Her grandparents,
A1 and Marian Hoge, are members of Albuquerque
Samuel Henry Lohmann was born January
9, 1983, to Karen Lohmann and Joe Tougas, Olympia.
Grandparents are Henry and Jeanne Lohmann, San
Jacob Charles Willard , son of Steve and
Connie Willard, grandson of Dorothy Willard,
Eastside Meeting, was born October 9, 1982.
Ryan Debs Wenzler, son of Mike and Marcy
Wenzler, Lubbock Friends Worship Group , was
born December 5, 1982.
Sara Manning , daughter of James and
Sandy Manning, Albuquerque Meeting, was born
January 27, 1983.
Owen Lee Weslowski , son of Lois and
Leonard Weslowski, Albuquerque Meeting, was
born December 1, 1982.
Paul Warren Tillberg , son of Richard and
Rebecca Warren Tillberg, Whitleaf Meeting, was
born August 16, 1982. Grandparents are Lynd and
Mary Warren of Whitleaf Meeting.
Elsa Miranda Peters , daughter of Pam
Tangible and Boyd Peters, was born March 9, 1983,
in Wolf Creek, OR.
Marriages: Linda Curphey and Dan Marten were
married at Eastside Meeting on December 25, 1982.
The wedding was under the care of University
Scott Johnson and Marie Bernadine
Paquette were married under the care of Davis
Meeting on November 27, 1982.
Deaths: A memorial Meeting for Emil Deutsch,
Phoenix Meeting, who died December 13, 1982,
was held January 2, 1983.
A memorial for Jean Hunter , Phoenix
Meeting, was held December 19, 1982.
A memorial service for Louise Haskin,
Palo Alto Meeting, was held on January 15, 1983,
at the Meetinghouse.
Amelia Rockwell, a founding member
of Santa Barbara Meeting, died on November 29,
1982, at the home of her daughter in San Diego at
the age of 92. Memorial Meeting was held December
Morgan Sibbett, Swarthmore Meeting,
who with his wife Johanna was serving as host at
San Francisco Friends Center, died December 1 1 ,
1982. Memorial Meeting was held on December 26.
Colwell Beatty , faithful attender of Santa
Barbara Meeting, died January 1 1, 1983. A memorial
service was held by the Meeting on January 16th.
Letter from Maui
This year I expect to attend Pacific Yearly Meet-
ing for the first time. As I have family and friends
in California, I would very much like to visit them
for a few weeks also.
To do this, I need to find someone to sit my
house from mid-July until August 7/8. I am also
looking for sitter(s) for the months of October and
November when I shall be in China.
The Maui Friends Worship Group meets in my
home every Sunday for worship and a potluck
lunch, but other arrangements can be made for this.
If any are interested, please write for more
Alice E. Walker, 9 Kaiholo Place,
Paia,Maui,HI 96779 (telephone:
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Spring and Summer Programs,
Ben Lomond Quaker Center
May 20 - 22 The Basic Ecclesial Communities of
Latin America-What They Are and
What They Can Teach Us— The work-
shop will examine the theology and
process of the Latin American experi-
ence, “share our own stories and vi-
sions of a more authentic Christian
community, and devise means of
realising this in our own lives.”
Leader: Reverend Ronald Burke,
Catholic priest who worked for 15
years in Central America, mostly
among Guatemala’s Cakchiquel
June 6-16 Work Camp to complete the Art
Center— Part-time workers welcome,
including cooks and childcare person-
nel. Gifts needed: native plants,
outdoor benches and chairs, fireplace
tools, clock, hanging movie screen,
toys, games and childcare materials,
arts and crafts materials and equip-
July 24-31 Art and the Spirit— A celebration
inaugurating the new Art Center.
Workshops in clay, drawing, dance,
music, poetry, story-telling. Seven-
day, five-day or weekend attendance
possible. Leaders: Vanita Blum,
Anna Koster, Liz Weiss Fitton, Lois
Kulsar, Jeanne Lohmann, Renate
The 1983 Calendar of Yearly Meetings , published
by Friends World Committee for Consultation, has
just been issued. Copies of the Calendar (which
also contains a directory of Quaker Centers and
offices around the world, information on confer-
ences, and a listing of FWCC officers) are available
on request from FWCC, Section of the Americas,
1506 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Please
send a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 envelope.
POSTMASTERS: SEND FORM 3579
3401 Clement St., Apt. 3, San Francisco, CA 94121
Second-Class Postage Paid at San Francisco, CA
“World Environmental Trends Between 1972 and
1982,” a summary of a comprehensive report on
the state of the global environment written for the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
edited by Gilbert White, Martin Holdgate and
Mohawed Kassad, is available from Gilbert White,
Sunshine Canyon, Boulder, CO 80302. “Well over
a hundred scientists and other specialists from more
than 50 countries were closely involved in the pro-
duction of the document.” This is the most com-
prehensive attempt to bring together the judgements
of experts around the world in the environmental
The new video-film documentary, Growing Up in
the Nuclear Shadow , produced by Friend Ian
Thiermann (of The Last Epidemic), has been re-
leased, and is available for rental or purchase from:
Educational Film and Video Project, 1725 B Sea-
bright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, phone (408)
427-2624. An updated and improved packet of
materials, “What To Tell the Children,” may also
be purchased for $5.00 plus postage from the same